PLASTIC FREE AND ZERO WASTE SNACKS – THE MOST DELICIOUS SHORTBREAD EVER - Sustainable(ish)

PLASTIC FREE AND ZERO WASTE SNACKS – THE MOST DELICIOUS SHORTBREAD EVER

That’s a pretty brave claim, but seriously, this shortbread is to die for.
It's also pretty easy to make and makes a perfect plastic free or zero waste gift - yays!
I make mini biscuits to pop into jam jars for teacher thank you gifts, or do mini numbers as birthday presents, so 7's for the kiddy winks, or 4s and 0s etc for friends celebrating special birthdays.

This is what you need:

  • 200g soft butter (I use salted)
  • 100g caster sugar (I use vanilla sugar), plus extra for sprinkling
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 100g rice flour (this adds a delicious crunch!)

This is what you do:

  • Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and verging on fluffy
  • Add in the flour and continue to mix until it clumps together into a dough
  • Remove from the mixer bowl and shape into a disc. Wrap in a freezer bag, and place in the fridge to chill for 10-20 minutes
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C(fan), and line 2 baking sheets (I use re-usable silicon liners)
  • Lightly dust your work surface with flour, and roll out the dough. It can be a bit crumbly-I just keep squidging any holes/cracks back together, or re-rolling if necessary-it does all work out in the end!
  • Use your cutters to cut out your cookies - as I say I have done hearts, circles, stars, and also numbers, anything goes! 
  • Carefully transfer your cut out shapes to the baking tray and bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cutters, and how crisp you like your shortbread. I like mine really crisp, so I baked them until they were golden brown. If you prefer yours a bit softer, take them out when they are pale golden
  • Sprinkle the biscuits with sugar whilst still on the baking trays, and after about 10 minutes transfer them to a cooling rack to cool off completely
  • If you're gifting them, pop them into a clean, empty jam jar, add a tag and you're done!
  • NB. You can make batches of these and freeze them, so if you're super organised and all the children in your kid's class will turning 8 for example, make a stack of 8's and freeze them, ready to pull out and whack in a jar on the morning of the party.
    You're welcome.

Plastic free/zero waste tips:

  • Buy butter in foil packs - you can soak the wrapper and the foil usually separates from the greaseproof liner, meaning you can then recycle both
  • Freeze in tupperware or ziplock plastic bags that you wash and re-use again and again! 
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    Use re-usable silicon baking tray liners rather than greaseproof for lining
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    You should be able to find rice flour in paper bags - Doves Farm do one, and it's usually in the 'free from' section

Have a go and let me know if they live up to my claim at the top of the blog post...!

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